A VIOLENT robbery at the Smithtown Bowling Club has added further uncertainty to the future of the struggling club.
About 10pm on Friday, two unknown, balaclava-wearing men confronted the bar manager inside the club at closing time, as he was attending to the safe.
The two men allegedly assaulted the barman, punching and kicking him repeatedly.
A substantial amount of money was taken by the two offenders, who fled the club.
The 25-year-old bar manager was treated at the scene by ambulance officers and taken to Kempsey District Hospital, where he received further treatment for concussion, cuts and bruises to his forehead, right eye and cheek.
Smithtown Bowling Club president Geoff Duffy said yesterday that it was a shame this had happened to the club.
The club was struggling, but his first thoughts were for the injured bar worker.
“He is out of hospital now but he is still pretty shaken up,” Mr Duffy said.
“He will be off work indefinitely, that’s for sure.
“This is really the last thing we needed because the club is really doing it tough at the moment and we have to seriously consider our future and whether we can stay open as a going concern.
“Things like this are just one more problem we don’t need.”
Mr Duffy said the club might be forced to close.
“A special meeting will be held at the Smithtown Bowling Club in March at which members will be asked to decide the future of the club,” he said.
“We are covered by insurance for the loss on Friday but we could have done without the injuries to our staff member.”
Any person who may have any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Kempsey Police on 6561 6199.
Tough going: Smithtown Bowling Club President Geoff Duffy says the future is not looking great for the struggling club and the robbery on Friday night has just added to their problems. His main concern, however, is for the injured bar worker
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